Bishop's Messages

Word of Encouragement to the Catholic People of Australia

Word of Encouragement to the Catholic People of Australia

– Fom the Bishops of Australia

A Pastoral Letter for Easter, Holy and Glorious Pascha, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“And Jesus stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’” (Luke 24:36)

Several individuals both ancient and modern have been credited with the adage, “In war the first casualty is truth.”  And we might add that the second casualty is invariably language. Currently, much in vogue is the word “unprecedented.”

A Pastoral Message concerning the Present COVID 19 Pandemic

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Peace be with you.

For the past two weeks, I have been in regular contact with the parish priests, who have kindly been sharing directly with you my pastoral directives. Of course, our discussions have been concerned very much with the present Corona virus pandemic...

Christmas Pastoral Letter 2019

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“Grace and mercy and peace from God the Father, and from Christ Jesus, our Lord, be with you.” (2 Tim 1:2)

Once more, a Merciful Providence has brought us to the celebration of the Divine Nativity; and as we draw near to the conclusion of one civil year and the beginning of another...

Pascha Letter

"For thus the power of death was overcome, and the dominion of corruption, which had gained sway over us, was destroyed."  (St Cyril of Alexandria)

In his 1882 book, The Joyful Wisdom, and in others, the Prussian born, philosopher, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) declared "God is dead."  Whatever he may have meant in what we would call theological terms, he seemingly was saying that western civilisation based on Christianity, with its ...